Left Coast Writers

Left Coast Writers®: Jonathan Taylor - The Rites of Passage (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Book Launch

Jamie Goldberg suspects his homosexuality at an early age and manages to hide it from his homophobic ’70’s Detroit Community; his Jewish political activist parents; and even from himself until his rape, at the hands of a male prostitute, at the age of 15. Profoundly ashamed, he hides in two worlds one is a beautiful cocoon spun from music, art, theater and literature, another is darker with a sado-masochistic desire to obliterate his sexuality. His elaborate fantasies are no match for real life or his true affections, which blossom in spite of his constant attempts to thwart them. When his carefully constructed imaginary world begins to crumble, Jamie must face his demons, both real and invented, discovering in the end that personal discovery comes at a very high price. But even the most challenged, when they dare to cast away labels, deserve a moment or two of grace.

Set in Detroit during the 1980’s. The Rites of Passage is meant to appeal and also provoke the LGBT, Jewish, Progressive, alternative sexuality, and the Arts-loving communities and is particularly relevant to a new generation of gender and sexuality related options and politics for adults and young adults alike.

Jonathan A. Taylor is a San Francisco-based writer and designer. He is a leading designer for creating user-friendly technology and has worked for companies such as Google, Nokia, IBM, and GE, as well as for the Dutch design bureaus Informaat and Stroomt Interactions. Jonathan has published two books on software design. The Rites of Passage is the first installment of a multi-volume series, The Goldberg Variations.

 

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® - Dark Tales (San Francisco Store)

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 6:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Book Party

Join the Left Coast Writers® for a Halloween twist as special guests share some of their favorite dark tales, with the nearby San Francisco Bay substituting for the campfire all good spooky stories require!

 

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers® Salon - Agents Advise Writers (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author/teacher Linda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. The fee includes membership in Left Coast Writers®, a group of new and experienced writers. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: A.M. Matthews - Body of Knowledge (San Francisco Store)

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 6:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Book Party

Body of Knowledge by A.M. Matthews a modern science fiction mystery set in San Francisco's vibrant biotechnology industry. Susan Glasser, a socially awkward but brilliant biotechnology researcher, has been so successful that she has been able to achieve her dream of opening her own research laboratory. After numerous attempts she finally has a biologic that is showing initial promise. But before she can assess her discovery, her life is disrupted by a series of unrelated events.

After her test animals are stolen, Susan becomes her own test subject -- then, when a murder is committed at her place of business, she is forced to disappear without trace in order to save her life. Compelled to deal with and confront problems well outside her areas of expertise and training, she must survive with nothing but her wits to figure out why she is being chased, stay out of sight, and find a way to return and reclaim her life.

 

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781732084100
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Piggyback Press - June 9th, 2018

A modern science based mystery set in San Francisco's vibrant biotechnology industry. Susan Glasser, a brilliant but socially awkward biotechnology researcher, has been so successful that she has been able to achieve her dream of opening her own research laboratory. After numerous attempts she finally has a biologic that is showing initial promise.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Susanna Solomon - Montana Rhapsody (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Launch

Laura Fisher, pole dancer extraordinaire, has just moved to Great Falls, Montana to start over. When she takes to the stage for the very first time, she has no idea that her evening will end with her fighting off three men intent on taking her virtue, taking a leap out of a second story window, and a wild ride in a convertible to the small town of Fort Benton. The next day, with the thugs still chasing her, Laura embarks on a three-day canoe camping trip with E.B., a man she's just met -- despite the fact that she doesn't even know how to swim.

Out on the river, Laura encounters swarms of mosquitoes, a broken and leaking canoe, hail the size of golf balls, and an evil man named Tucker Claymore. Meanwhile, E.B., a broken-hearted farmer, becomes sick and is chased by a granny with a gun, among other misadventures. Along the way, Laura and E.B. meet a number of characters, including Campbell Carr, a businessman from New York who is on the river to mend fences with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Francine -- a girl who knows better than to believe anything Dad says -- and Daisy, Campbell's mistress, whom he has also invited and plans to introduce to his daughter.

Montana Rhapsody by Susanna Solomon is a romp through the wilderness with these five disparate characters, all of whom want something -- and all of whom are challenged in ways they never expected by their time on the river.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631523618
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: She Writes Press - July 3rd, 2018

Laura Fisher, pole dancer extraordinaire, has just moved to Great Falls, Montana to start over. When she takes to the stage for the very first time, she has no idea that her evening will end with her fighting off three men intent on taking her virtue, taking a leap out of a second story window, and a wild ride in a convertible to the small town of Fort Benton.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon - Path to Publishing Panel (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

"Path to Publishing" Panel with Jim Shubin, Laurie King and Linda Watanabe McFerrin

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Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author/teacher Linda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. The fee includes membership in Left Coast Writers®, a group of new and experienced writers. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Richard Roberts - Tuning In (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jon Gunnarson never meant to transform humanity. He just wanted a normal life. A life where he doesn’t absorb other people’s emotions, lose himself and have to live like a hermit. So he jumps at the chance to help develop a scam telepathy app because it will get him to Bhutan, where he hopes an old friend will teach him how to disconnect. Sure, he has to work with Ella, a neuroscientist he’s falling in love with, and Venn, a fraudulent Marketer who’s wanted by the FBI. But Jon’s had a lifetime of practice at pulling away and he figures he can handle it while he learns how to manage his condition. The problem is, working with others is the least of his worries. Because Jon and Ella unwittingly trigger the onset of mass telepathy. And, as if that isn't enough, they must run for their lives when they discover a way that Venn can avoid arrest. But how will they escape someone who can read their minds?

Tuning In is a well plotted story that’s both mind-bendingly strange and intimately human—a continuously surprising science-fiction/ psychological thriller about our relationship with our thoughts, with each other and even reality itself.

Richard Henry Roberts education in psychology and 25-year career in Marketing focused on understanding how people think. He brought this experience to bear in his debut novel, Tuning In, the first in a three-book series published by Highcrest Books. A longtime yogi and meditator, he lives with his son and daughter in Marin County, California.

 

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$11.99
ISBN: 9781948681001
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Highcrest Books - March 31st, 2018

Jon Gunnarson never meant to transform humanity. He just wanted a normal life.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Cheryl Krauter-Leonard - Psychosocial Care of Cancer Survivors (San Francisco Store)

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 6:00pm

Currently there is a crisis occurring in healthcare involving clinician burnout, emotional exhaustion, lack of inspiration, and loss of personal meaning. For clinicians caring for cancer survivors, these feelings are aggravated by facing the largely unknown realm of survivorship and the issues it brings to patients and clinicians alike.

As the number of cancer survivors grows, psychosocial oncology clinicians are increasingly called upon to work with the long-term aftermath of a cancer diagnosis, which requires the capacity to address the emotional and psychosocial issues that are not part of a traditional medical education. Clinicians have plenty of textbooks, but fewer hands-on, interactive guides that teach these kinds of experiential lessons that can be used in their day-to-day work lives. This accessible workbook offers a way to think about these important ideas while providing a structure to implement humanistic clinical practices. Clinical skills, communication tools, empathy as a learned capacity, cultural humility, reflective and mindful exercises designed to increase relationship skills-all of these depend upon this mode of experiential learning, as it teaches useful practices and solutions in order to increase the efficacy and satisfaction of clinical work with cancer survivors and their communities.

Psychosocial Care of Cancer Survivors: A Clinician's Guide and Workbook for Providing Wholehearted Care is a clinical resource for healthcare practitioners that presents person-centered care as an antidote to the distress both patients and clinicians face in cancer survivorship. It addresses questions of how to bring a humanistic approach and quality attention to the growing needs of patients in the post-treatment phase of a cancer diagnosis. As a workbook, it's both a guide and an applicable resource for daily clinical practice. It provides a needed structure for clinicians to help them reconnect with the meaningful aspects of their work.

Designed for busy psychosocial oncology clinicians who may feel disconnected but don't fully understand why, this workbook addresses the need for a humanistic and pragmatic approach to the psychosocial issues that arise in their work with patients. Based on personal interviews with clinicians, written feedback from clinicians, and research describing the formidable demands facing professionals working in cancer healthcare, as well as the dangers of burnout, this is highly practical, interactive guide addresses the emotional and psychological concerns of both patient and clinician. This workbook will be a much-needed resource for humanizing cancer survivorship care.

Cheryl Krauter, MFT, is an existential humanistic psychotherapist with over thirty-five years of experience in the field of depth psychology and human consciousness. She integrates her years of experience as a depth psychotherapist with her personal journey as a cancer survivor, working with clients in her private practice, presenting talks and workshops on living with the uncertainty of life-threatening illness, teaching and supervising trainees, interns, and licensed clinicians. The foundation of her work as a clinician is based on providing a humanistic, relational, person-centered approach in cancer survivor care.

 

Psychosocial Care of Cancer Survivors: A Clinician's Guide and Workbook for Providing Wholehearted Care Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9780190636364
Availability: Special Order
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - July 13th, 2018

Currently there is a crisis occurring in healthcare involving clinician burnout, emotional exhaustion, lack of inspiration, and loss of personal meaning. For clinicians caring for cancer survivors, these feelings are aggravated by facing the largely unknown realm of survivorship and the issues it brings to patients and clinicians alike.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers® Salon: Larry Habegger - What the Traveler Said (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

Freelance writer and Travelers' Tales Executive Editor Larry Habegger spent five and a half years compiling quotations from the world's great travelers for The Quotable Traveler, his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle. All 291 of these engaging reflections are collected in What the Traveler Said and are guaranteed to carry you to faraway lands. With these quotes you will travel with:

  • Lao Tzu in China
  • Napoleon in Egypt
  • Mark Twain in France
  • Freya Stark in Iraq
  • Alexandra David-Neel in Tibet
  • Edward Abbey in Arizona
  • Jan Morris in Italy
  • and many more

You'll be moved to reflect on your own journeys and motivated to make new plans as you bask in the wisdom of these eminent travelers.

 

What the Traveler Said: 291 Inspiring Quotations from the San Francisco Chronicle's Quotable Traveler Column Cover Image
By Larry Habegger (Editor)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781609520243
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wooden Walkways Press - December 11th, 2016

Wisdom from the World's Great Travelers


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® - Travel Tales (San Francisco Store)

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author and workshop teacher Linda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures.

 

 

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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